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Staff devastated after break-in at children's soft play centre in Sudbury


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Rainbow Fun indoor play centre in Sudbury was broken into at some point between yesterday and this morning. Hundreds of pounds was stolen, including staff's tips and a rare collection of coins. Pictured: Bev Broughton (Manager), Sarah Cades (Owner) and Matthew Barber (Front of House Staff) PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2537818)
Rainbow Fun indoor play centre in Sudbury was broken into at some point between yesterday and this morning. Hundreds of pounds was stolen, including staff's tips and a rare collection of coins. Pictured: Bev Broughton (Manager), Sarah Cades (Owner) and Matthew Barber (Front of House Staff) PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2537818)

The owner of a children’s soft play centre in Sudbury has been left devastated after the business was targeted by burglars.

Rainbow Fun in Addison Road was broken into overnight on Sunday.

The husband of owner Sarah Cades discovered the break-in while taking his son to school.

“He spotted the glass was smashed at the front of the building and knew something wasn’t right,” she said.

Along with £800 in cash, the burglars stole a collection of old coins, including some limited edition pieces, which took pride of place on Mrs Cades’ office wall.

A full set of Beatrix Potter coins and several £2 coins marking the 150th anniversary of the London Underground were taken.

“It’s something that me and my staff like collecting,” said Mrs Cades. “It’s a big team effort.”

The loss in savings has taken its toll on the small business.

“We are all devastated as we work very hard,” said Mrs Cades. “We are doing well, but we’ll never be millionaires.”

Staff tips intended for a staff outing were taken during the incident.

“We save them all year round and do something as a group,” said Mrs Cades.

Police have launched an appeal following the incident.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “At some point between 7.45pm on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday, offenders smashed a window to gain access.

“Following a search of the premises, they stole an amount of cash.

“We would be interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the area at the time.”

Any information should be reported to Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime reference 37/31883/18.



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